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Declarations of DependenceThe Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908$
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Gregory Downs

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834442

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877760_downs

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Declarations of Dependence

Gregory P. Downs

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how, after the white supremacy campaign, a federal interviewer called on an aged ex-slave from Jones County, North Carolina, at her residence in Saint Louis, Missouri. Despite the oddity of a government listening to people it had long excluded, Susan Davis Rhodes was not surprised by the visit. Rhodes's own experiences with the burgeoning New Deal state taught her a great deal about the reach of the new government. She and her daughter were on relief, and a nephew worked for the Works Progress Administration. However, there was another reason she expected the encounter, one that had roots in what she called her “common sense education” in slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow.

Keywords:   white supremacy campaign, Works Progress Administration, Susan Davis Rhodes, New Deal

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